In this industry-focused curriculum, students can be exposed to the foundational areas of the discipline: investigation and law enforcement, law and courts, and corrections and parole. The program also addresses juvenile delinquency and the juvenile-justice system. Courses are structured to assist students in the development of their goals as they can learn focused knowledge and skills common to criminal justice professionals.
For an Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree, your classes may include:
Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems
This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Emphasis will be on crime in America, the criminal justice process, law enforcement, adjudication, punishment, corrections, and prisons. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about crime, law and justice, as well as special issues in the criminal justice system.
Theories of Crime Causation
This course is an overview of theoretical perspectives in criminology. This entails the nature, causation and etiology of criminal behaviors in offenders.
Introduction to Criminal Law
This course is designed to furnish a concise but comprehensive introduction to the substantive criminal law. It offers an understanding of the legal environment in which criminal justice professionals must function and is structured to help students to develop a clear understanding of the principles of the law that should help them prepare for the field of criminal justice.
Introduction to Law Enforcement
This course surveys the police service delivery system at the Federal, state, and local levels. Consideration will be given to historical development, the police role in contemporary society, and primary objectives of police agencies.
Introduction to the American Court System
This course covers the structure and organization of the federal and state court system with special attention to the criminal courts. The basic functions of the courts will be examined.
Foundations of Corrections
This course is an introduction to the correctional process and interventions designed to prevent and control adult criminal behavior. This course will address the philosophy and goals underlying the correctional interventions, types of criminal sentencing, and penal sanctions including community-based corrections, institutional corrections, and parole.
Careers in Criminal Justice
This course introduces students to multiple aspects of the criminal justice system: investigations, interviewing and report writing activities as practiced by police, court and correctional personnel for career success. Students will have the opportunity to learn writing, reporting procedures and requirements, crime scene management, technology, interviewing and interrogation skills practiced by criminal justice professionals, and strategies for seeking and obtaining employment
Course content subject to change.